Deeside Sevens well contested

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It was a great day of rugby Union Sevens at Woodend in Banchory on Saturday as Deeside Rugby Club hosted its first ever sevens competition.

The club hosted the final leg of the King’s of the North Sevens Series which had been held by Garioch RFC in Inverurie and Moray RFC in Elgin on two previous weekends in May.

After three weekends of strong performances it was Gordonians who were crowned winners of both the Deeside Sevens and the Kings of the North title having also won the Moray Sevens the previous weekend and finished second placed behind Aberdeenshire RFC in the Garioch Sevens.

One of the tournament’s organisers, Deeside’s Jamie Stephen, said: “It was a great day of rugby and everyone at Deeside would like to thank all teams and supporters who were there.

“A huge congratulations to Gordonians who won the Kings of the North 2016.”

Six teams were entered into the Deeside Sevens: Deeside, Frasererburgh, Gordonians, RGU, STBG and Basterud’s with Kinloss Eagles failing to show.

In other news, Deeside Rugby Club narrowly missed out on winning the prestigious SRU Club of the Year award on Friday night.

Representatives of the club, who qualified for the award by winning Club of the Month for December 2015, were present at a special ceremony at Murryfield where Annan Rugby Club took the trophy home.

Club president Ian Finlayson said: “As a result of winning the BT Club of the Month in December, Deeside Rugby were nominated for the Club of the Year award.

“This was awarded at the SRU Club Awards dinner at BT Murrayfield on 27th May.

“We had an excellent evening there but came away empty handed.

“Congratulations to Annan RFC who won. But it was good to see that the North East was not entirely left out of the awards with Garioch Ladies winning the Ladies Team of the Year – well done to them.”

With the awards dinner behind them and sevens season over Deeside must now turn their attention to pre-season training.

The club, which was promoted for the second year in a row las season, will compete in BT Caledonia Division 1 next season, the top regional division in the area.

It will be a big step up from the past two seasons but one that everyone involved with club seems confident of handling.